Richard Donovan Papp

Richard Donovan Papp

Central Region
Hot Springs, AR
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Ricko Donovan is an award-winning singer/songwriter who plays a variety of stringed instruments, a hammered dulcimer virtuoso, and silent film composer. In addition to releasing four albums, Ricko has written over one hundred songs. Devil At My Door won Nashville’s Song Spree Contest in the Alt/Country category. He has taught both songwriting and hammered dulcimer workshops. Ricko is also a critically acclaimed novelist. His debut novel Sunnyville made Nashville Lifestyle Magazine’s 2014 Summer Reading List Pics. The Broken Promised Land, begun in 1994, was completed and published in 2015.


Ricko utilizes an array of musical instruments, including hammered dulcimer and acoustic guitar as a tool to deepen the students understanding of music. From songwriting to music theory and structure, students will expect a deep and rich environment to learn and practice a most precious art form while having an opportunity to express themselves. The primary goal of his instruction is to draw students out creatively as they learn about song and music structure.

Available to conduct workshops for teachers and other groups.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: All ages
Geographic Availability: Statewide
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